While Republicans celebrate free speech, labor allies push new legislation post-Janus

While Republicans celebrate free speech, labor allies push new legislation post-Janus

In a decision that could have implications for years going forward, the US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that public employees do not have to pay agency fees to their workplace’s union.

The case, brought by Illinois state employee Mark Janus against the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees local, overturned an earlier SCOTUS ruling that said public workplace unions could mandate employees pay into the union to cover collective bargaining and other workplace related expenses.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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State's school safety task force releases preliminary report

State's school safety task force releases preliminary report

After a string of six roundtable meetings across the commonwealth, Gov. Tom Wolf and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released a preliminary report from their school safety task force this week.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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New caucus, legislation in works as Democratic representatives react to police shooting

New caucus, legislation in works as Democratic representatives react to police shooting

In light of the police shooting last week of Antwon Rose Jr. and the overall tallies of, in particular, black people killed by police, a group of Democratic legislators gathered Monday to call for a package of policing reform bills.

Including Allegheny County representatives Ed Gainey, Austin Davis and Jake Wheatley, as well as Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Chairman Rep. Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia), the lawmakers pushed for reform to restore the faith of communities of color in police.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Evankovich to resign seat in August

Evankovich to resign seat in August

After eight years in the House, Rep. Eli Evankovich (R-Westmoreland) is stepping down in August.

Evankovich, who already announced after his reelection in 2016 that he wasn’t running again, is retiring a few months early to join a Western Pennsylvania manufacturing company. The company was not specified.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Passing up big votes, House holds last scheduled session day until fall

Passing up big votes, House holds last scheduled session day until fall

Red shirts and green pins filled the Capitol rotunda, while Republican lawmakers convened the press Monday, all pushing separate bills they wanted to see passed on the last day of session before summer.

But by Monday afternoon, after some recognition of guests and a heavily debated bill on nursing home lawsuits, all were left disappointed that their numbers hadn’t come up.

Monday, June 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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